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2013 Yalumba The Menzies Coonawarra Cabernet Sauvignon

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The Menzies has a sense of gravitas about it and remains one of Yalumba’s most agreeable reds. Named after Robert Menzies, who was equal parts politician and wine lover, the wine is all about stature and quality. It shows Coonawarra character's of cassis and chocolate with a smooth, satisfying palate of velvety tannins.

expert reviews

Mike Bennie (2013 Vintage) says
It’s a firm, formidable, structured, detailed wine of brooding intensity and concentration, set to medium bodied, dusted with earth, strewn with crushed eucalyptus, drenched in decadent cassis. It’s pulses through the palate with brooding dark fruit intensity, rippling with herbal, chewy tannins that rope and weave through the wine to its very long puckering finish. There’s a softness too, wine pools in the palate and gets tugged away. Lovely wine, even though its been an epoch for me.
2016 - 2038
95
James Halliday (2008 Vintage) says
Strong purple-crimson; a strikingly rich and opulent Coonawarra cabernet, with blackcurrant, cassis and plum in a full-throated oak coat, ripe tannins on the finish. Will absolutely outlive its cork in average Australian cellaring conditions.
2033
Australian Wine Companion 2012
94
Tyson Stelzer (2008 Vintage) says
Yalumba has honed in on the detail of its Coonawarra vineyards, with every section of each vineyard treated differently according to soil type and depth. The result is the most precise wines ever produced by the estate. This is a Menzies that provides both crunch and concentration, structure and restraint, purity and profound persistence.
2018-2028
Wine Taste - Edition 42
95
Nick Stock (2008 Vintage) says
A step in the swanky direction here. Dark chocolate and lovely, toasty, cedary oak, plenty of spice, all beautifully integrated with mixed leaves, cassis and rich, dark berries. The palate s beautifully crafted, really sings and builds weight, pace and shape through towards the finish. Dark-purple stone fruits and berries, long tannins and plenty in the tank. Cellar with confidence.
2016
Good Wine Guide
96
Jeremy Oliver (2008 Vintage) says
Very polished, with a dusty, lightly herbal fragrance of sweet cassis, raspberries and fresh cedar/vanilla oak lifted by sweet aromas of blue flowers. Full to medium weight and sumptuously flavoured, its very ripe and fractionally jammy presence of deep, dark plum and red berry fruit is backed by cedar/vanilla oak and underpinned by a firmish but smooth extract. Finishing with a hint of mint and dried herbs, it's just marginally under and over-ripened.
2016-2020
The Australian Wine Annual 2013
91
Tyson Stelzer (2007 Vintage) says
A show-and-tell-tour of Yalumba’s fanatical vineyard monitoring and testing regime last week explained this wine’s ascension to the gods in 2007. A remarkable result for a tough drought year, it sings with fresh, focused red- and blackcurrants, cigar box and textural tannin finesse.
2017 - 2025
Wine Taste - Edition 22
95
Jeremy Oliver (2007 Vintage) says
Very smooth and polished, this smoky, slightly green-edged and herbal cabernet should age in a classically cigarboxy direction. Its vibrant, penetrative aromas of cassis, mulberries and dark cherries are backed by nuances of sage and fresh vanilla/cedar oak and have a faintly jujube-like aspect. Firm, fine-grained and polished, it’s long and elegant, with deep, juicy fruit and chocolatey oak framed by pliant tannins. It finishes with a pleasing savoury quality.
The Australian Wine Annual, 2011
94
James Halliday (2007 Vintage) says
2025
Australian Wine Companion 2012
92
Nick Stock (2006 Vintage) says
The big gun in Yalumba's Coonawarra arsenal, this shows the same regal, poised fragrance with cedary, earthy nuances, black olive and dark cherry, cassis and fresh berries. Terrific intensity on the palate with a swathe of tannin pushing strong through the middle, some gently spicy oak sweetness too, but it rides on fresh, pristine and focused cassis flavour, finishing with verve and drive.
The Penguin Good Australian Wine Guide 2010 2009
94
Jeremy Oliver (2006 Vintage) says
A stylish Coonawarra cabernet with some finesse. Scented with a fresh, sweet perfume of small red and black berries backed by lightly smoky cedar/vanilla oak and dusty nuances of dried herbs, it's fresh and pristine, presenting true elegance and balance. Long and supple, its pristine palate of vibrant fruit and tight-knit oak are supported by a firmish but pliant spine of chalky tannin, finishing with pleasing focus and a hit of cooked cranberry.
Australian Wine Annual 2010 2009
95
Rob Geddes MW (2006 Vintage) says
Planted in 1975 at the southern end, the intensity of fine regional fruit aromas and purity of structured mulberry flavours indicate a wine with the potential for long ageing.
Australian Wine Vintages 2010 2009
94
James Halliday (2006 Vintage) says
A deep and concentrated bouquet of ripe cassis fruit, earth, violets, a touch of mint and well-handled spicy oak; the palate is multi-layered, with great depth and precision; violets keep making their presence felt; the tannins are plentiful, but quite silky on the finish.
Australian Wine Companion 2010 2009
96
Campbell Mattinson (2006 Vintage) says
Fragrant and fresh with a mix of bright small berry fruits and black cherries, dark chocolate, aniseed and mint with classy cedar oak (although it shows a tweak of vanilla nougat too, which settles down pretty quickly). It's lively and long with persistent but fine grained tannins and excellent flavour. With minor reservations about the level of acidity, the overall impression is one of balance and sophistication - a classic Coonawarra Cabernet.
www.winefront.com.au, 2009 2009
95
James Halliday (2005 Vintage) says
Perfectly presented cassis and blackcurrant fruit; tannins and oak in the back seat; supple mouthfeel.
Australian Wine Companion 2009 2008
94
Jeremy Oliver (2005 Vintage) says
An assertive, broad-shouldered cabernet whose plump and sumptuously ripened plum, blackberry and cassis flavours are backed by sweet, lightly roasted vanilla/chocolate oak and light greenish undertones. Supported by fine, powdery tannins and polished oak characters, it's long, smooth and complete, finishing with lingering dark fruit and nuances of graphite. It just stays the right side of being overcooked.
Australian Wine Annual 2009 2008
94
Campbell Mattinson (2005 Vintage) says
The Menzies Coonawarra vineyard has been in Yalumba hands since 1993, and it's always produced wines full of herbal, dusty flavours. It's never been one of my favourites. The 2005 marks a new era for this vineyard and label. 2005 RELEASE Yalumba see this wine as the future of Menzies, and boy I hope they're right. It's curranty, mulberried, straight and long - archetypal line-and-length red wine - with minty tannins and real length. Huge cellaring potential. Great varietal purity, and yet greatly elegant, DRINK 2014-2022.
The Big Red Wine Book 2008
95
Ray Jordan (2005 Vintage) says
The Menzies cabernet sauvignon 2005 is a wonderful example of Coonawarra cabernet showing the typical powerful black currant aromas and flavours of this variety. It's a very intense wine showing perfect balance with concentrated and powerful fruit that's been picked fully ripe and expertly handled with French oak.
The West Weekend Magazine, 2008 2008
94
James Halliday (2004 Vintage) says
A high-toned bouquet of cassis and herbs, the palate with finely sculpted blackcurrant and cassis fruit, tannin and oak support spot-on.
Australian Wine Companion 2009 2008
94
Campbell Mattinson (2004 Vintage) says
The Menzies Coonawarra vineyard has been in Yalumba hands since 1993, and it's always produced wines full of herbal, dusty flavours. It's never been one of my favourites. The 2005 marks a new era for this vineyard and label. 2004 RELEASE This has picked up the odd gold medal at wine shows, but it's not for me. It's fragrant, ashen, spicy, but unfortunately full of gravelly, dried herb and tomato-leaf characters. Its tannins are minty, mulberried, dry and somewhat hard. DRINK 2012-2016.
The Big Red Wine Book 2008
87
Jeremy Oliver (2003 Vintage) says
Lacking complete ripeness, this well-handled cabernet matches its jammy aromas of cassis, mulberries and herbaceous undertones with sweet vanilla oak. Initially forward and juicy, its vibrant flavours of raspberries and blackcurrants become more green-edged towards its slightly sappy finish.
Australian Wine Annual 2008 2007
87
James Halliday (2002 Vintage) says
Good colour; fragrant red and black fruit aromas; medium-bodied, with vibrant blackcurrant and cassis fruit; lingering, fine ripe tannins.
Australian Wine Companion 2007 2006
92
Jeremy Oliver (2002 Vintage) says
A polished and elegant wine that has received some first-rate oak treatment, but which remains underpinned by a thread of green fruit. Its delicate perfume of raspberries, cassis, plums and sweetly scented vanilla/dark chocolate oak reveals dusty, leafy undertones of dried herbs. Its supple palate of juicy fruit has richness and weight, but its astringency has a metallic edge.
Australian Wine Annual 2007 2006
87
Jeremy Oliver (2001 Vintage) says
An earthy, lightly herbal red with a cedary bouquet of mulberries, cassis and plums over fragrant vanilla and cedary oak. Long and fine, it's generous and almost fleshy, with a bright expression of sweet berry and plum flavours tightly knit with oak and moderately firm, drying tannins. There's just a hint of greenness beneath.
Australian Wine Annual 2006 2005
87
James Halliday (2001 Vintage) says
Australian Wine Companion 2005 2004
85
Jeremy Oliver (2000 Vintage) says
Leafy, herbal aromas of mulberries and raspberry confiture, with cedary vanilla oak and undertones of dried herbs. Lean, tight and lacking real generosity, the palate offers some lightly cassis/mulberry fruit supported by cedar/vanilla oak and slightly raw, green-edged tannins.
Australian Wine Annual 2005 2004
86
James Halliday (2000 Vintage) says
Clean, fragrant blackcurrant aromas; long, slightly mouth-puckering tannins to close.
Australian Wine Companion 2005 2004
87
Campbell Mattinson (2000 Vintage) says
The best Menzies that I can remember tasting - I’m not usually a fan. Minerally, gravelly, urranty and long, with a wealth of fine-grained tannins and near-perfect balance. It should cellar terrifically. Drink: 2007-2015.
www.winemonthly.com.au, 2004 2004
93
James Halliday (1999 Vintage) says
Medium red-purple; aromas of earth, chocolate and spice are more or less precisely reflected in the palate, with its mix of spice, chocolate and savoury blackberry fruit.
Australian Wine Companion 2004 2003
86
James Halliday (1996 Vintage) says
Medium red-purple; the bouquet ranges through earthy, leafy and far sweeter Cabernet aromas, backed by subtle oak. The wine comes alive on the palate, with clean raspberry/redcurrant/cassis fruit on a very long and lingering finish, sustained by soft acid
Australian Wine Companion 2001 2001
89
James Halliday (1995 Vintage) says
Bright red-purple; the bouquet has sweet cassis fruit of medium intensity backed by some pleasant cedary oak, the palate likewise turning around smooth, sweet fruit rather than structure or power.
Australian Wine Companion 1999 1998
84

winemaker's notes

Full depth in colour with a plum red hue. The bouquet leads with violet and lilac floral notes to the tangy counterpoint of seaspray and pepper. The palate is rich and powerful; red fruits and dark chocolate on a robust tannin framework. The finish is long, complex and well worth contemplating. A char-grilled rib-eye on the bone is an excellent food accompaniment.

Enjoy now or will cellar well for between twelve to fifteen years. Vegan friendly.

Alc/vol: 14.1%